To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. See our 10 quick tips below and visit AAD to learn more.
1. For immediate relief, soak the sunburned areas in cold water (but not ice water) or with cold compresses for 15 minutes.
2. Keep skin moist with neutral moisturizers. If using aloe vera gel, be sure it’s 100% pure aloe vera and alcohol-free. You may also use EltaMD Moisturizer (available at our clinic).
3. A topical over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may be applied to relieve itching.
4. Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.
5. Drink extra water.
6. If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.
7. Avoid loofahs, scrubs and exfoliating products.
8. Do not pull hanging skin as this can remove attached areas that are not yet ready to come off. Cut any hanging pieces of peeling skin with clean scissors.
9. Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals.
10. Severe sunburns should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Symptoms of second-degree sunburn (aka “sun poisoning”) include intense pain and blistering, accompanied by fevers, chills and nausea.
Lastly, we can’t help to not add that prevention is the best remedy. Complimentary consultations are available with our esthetician to learn about optimal sun protection.